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2006-06-08 21:14:20

BEIJING (Reuters) - China ordered cinemas to pull the plug on controversial blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code" so as to allow more exposure for homegrown films, a state newspaper said on Friday. The decision came after calls from several groups representing the Chinese film industry, the official English-language China Daily said, although it suggested the movie could continue to be shown. "We are not against foreign films," the newspaper quoted an unnamed official with one of the...

2006-05-29 00:33:25

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Chinese bishop approved by the Vatican but not by China's official state-backed Catholic church has defied authorities and officiated at a religious ceremony, a Hong Kong newspaper reported on Monday. The row over Wu Qinjing's appearance highlighted the current friction between the Holy See and Beijing over the appointment of bishops, a key sticking point in negotiations over the normalization of relations which were severed in the early 1950s. Wu appeared at...

2006-05-13 23:21:54

By Chris Buckley NINGDE, China (Reuters) - China installed a controversial new Catholic bishop on Sunday in a ceremony reflecting the split between the Vatican and the Chinese state-run church that divides villagers in this heavily Catholic corner of the country. Zhan Silu presided over a Mass marking his appointment as bishop of Mindong Diocese in eastern China's Fujian province. The cathedral in the small city of Ningde was crowded to overflowing with a mix of urban residents and...

2006-05-12 02:48:10

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - Sparring between Beijing and the Vatican is set to intensify on Sunday as China installs another bishop apparently without the blessing of the Pope, extending a row over who rules China's divided Catholic Church. Zhan Silu, also called Vincent Zhan, will become bishop of Mindong Diocese in eastern Fujian province, and he -- like two other bishops appointed in China in past weeks -- apparently lacks the Holy See's approval, which bishops even in...

2006-05-11 02:19:33

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's most senior Roman Catholic clergyman Cardinal Joseph Zen rejected on Thursday suggestions from China that he persuade the Vatican to accept Beijing's appointment of bishops. Tension between Beijing and the Vatican flared up this month after China's state-backed Catholic church installed two bishops without papal blessing, and a senior Chinese official in Hong Kong asked Zen on Wednesday to help Beijing with the matter. "If Beijing's position is to...

2006-05-07 02:59:10

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China consecrated a U.S.-educated Chinese priest as an assistant bishop with papal blessing on Sunday, just days after Pope Benedict condemned the unilateral ordination of two bishops by Beijing. The consecration of Father Paul Pei Junmin, 37, was held at a Catholic church in Shenyang, capital of the northeastern province of Liaoning, said Liu Bainian, a vice-chairman of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. Pei, ordained a priest in...

2006-05-07 00:07:36

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China is to consecrate a U.S.-educated Chinese priest as an assistant bishop with papal blessing on Sunday, just days after Pope Benedict condemned the unilateral ordination of two bishops by Beijing. The consecration of Father Paul Pei Junmin, 37, was scheduled to be held at a Catholic church in Shenyang, capital of the northeastern province of Liaoning, said Liu Bainian, a vice-chairman of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. Pei,...

2006-05-06 21:43:50

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is expected to appoint an assistant bishop with papal blessing on Sunday, just days after Pope Benedict condemned the unilateral ordination of two bishops by Beijing. Father Paul Pei Junmin, 37, is scheduled to be consecrated an assistant bishop at a Catholic church in Shenyang, capital of the northeastern province of Liaoning, Liu Bainian, a vice-chairman of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, told Reuters. Jin Peixian, the 80-year-old bishop of...

2006-05-04 06:43:13

By Silvia Aloisi VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Thursday China's appointment of two Catholic bishops without his blessing was a "grave violation of religious freedom," heightening tensions between the Vatican and Beijing. The ordinations were a major setback for relations between the Holy See and China, which had appeared to be improving in recent years, raising expectations that full diplomatic ties cut in 1951 could eventually be restored. "The Holy Father learned...

2006-05-01 23:58:21

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is poised to appoint another bishop to its state-run Catholic Church despite Vatican disapproval, escalating tensions with the Holy See as the two sides vie for influence over Chinese church affairs. A priest in the Communist Party-approved church in the central province of Anhui is to be consecrated bishop of the province, a vice chairman of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, Liu Bainian, told Reuters on Tuesday. Liu Xinhong's appointment is...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.